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How can I figure out the percent of fat (so I can get the calorie content) of the grass fed ground beef I have?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 21, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Unfortunately, I need to track calories.

I buy 100% grass fed ground beef from a farmer here in Oregon.

Is there any way to figure out an accurate estimate how many calories are in an ounce or a pound?

The farmer does not know unfortunately.

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on October 23, 2011
at 03:11 AM

Perhaps by buying a few samples of ground grassfed beef with (hopefully accurately) labeled fat content, comparing them visually and guesstimating?

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on October 22, 2011
at 01:26 AM

Yup, supposed to be 85% lean.

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on October 21, 2011
at 10:32 PM

I think she actually means 85% lean.

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on October 21, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Do you mean 85% protein?

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on October 21, 2011
at 10:35 PM

100% grass fed beef is usually leaner than grain fed beef, but one of the best ways to tell is to brown some up and see how much fat is in the pan. If there is quite a bit, it's probably 80%-85% lean. If very little comes out, it's probably closer to 90% lean. Once you figure out which it is, you can use any nutritional database (Fit Day, SparkPeople, USDA, etc.) to get the nutritional information.

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on October 21, 2011
at 10:01 PM

From what I can tell, they vary slightly, but are probably around 85% fat.

I generally use this http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/nutrition-calories/food/sommers-organic/grass-fed-ground-beef/

Also, in tracking, remember that nutrition information is per RAW serving. I have found that usually 4 ounces of raw ground beef cooks down to 3 ounces of cooked (so long as you haven't added other things in the cooking process, like onions etc.).

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on October 21, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Do you mean 85% protein?

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on October 21, 2011
at 10:32 PM

I think she actually means 85% lean.

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on October 22, 2011
at 01:26 AM

Yup, supposed to be 85% lean.

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